Remove And Prevent Mold In Your Basement
Basements are the most at risk for mold growth and retention in any home because of the fact that they are placed underground and are constantly exposed to possible water damage. When your home floods, the basement is the natural area for water run off. Even in the case of minor leaks, any dampness in the basement is exacerbated by its location and the problems of keeping an area underground dry. There are several steps you can take to remove and prevent mold in your basement. If the damage is too extensive, a mold remediation company can take care of it safely.
First, you must determine whether your basement is already moldy. You can usually tell mold growth by its smell – that mustiness usually associated with basements is because of stale air, mold, and a build of dust. There are thousands of species of mold and many of them are hazardous to human health, though there are thousands more that simply clog the air and make it difficult to breathe. Perhaps the only positive about having a moldy basement is that mold is equally toxic for pests like mice and bugs. Mold takes all shapes and sizes, but it is commonly seen as black or white blotches or spots. It can be fuzzy or “wet” looking and can grow on or underneath carpet, in drywall or ceiling tiles, or any other sorts of building materials that can become soggy and retain organic materials.
If you suspect that you have mold in your basement, cleaning it out is simply the first step. Remove anything wooden and mobile such as furniture and fixtures. Other items that should be removed include boxes, couches, and any other sorts of furnishings like rugs. If your basement has been recently flooded, you should strip the carpet entirely. Once your basement is clear, check for leaky pipes and other possible sources of water damage. Water damage is a major cause of mold growth and preventing water damage is essential to preventing mold retention. At the same time, make sure you are ventilating your basement. Open windows, run drying fans, and make sure a constant flow is running through. This will go a long way toward drying and keeping your basement clean. Cleaning the entire area with specific anti-mold solutions and anti-bacterial helps prevent and retard mold growth, but you must be thorough. Mold grows almost anywhere with organic material. Mold removal companies are trained to remove mold without hazard to the home or themselves and often it is much safer to hire a contractor than deal with mold damage yourself.
Preventing mold in your home requires a few thoughts. You must remember to keep the humidity in your basement below 50%, even if this requires using a dehumidifier or running fans. Keep an eye on the drainage system around your home. You do not want ground waters or run off to flood your basement during excessive rain or flash flooding. Another way to prevent mold is to clean your basement regularly in order to remove organic materials from building up undisturbed. Make sure that the areas above your basement are not leaking and properly insulated as well. A properly certified inspector can tell you what you need to do about your basement if you suspect mold is growing or notify you if your home is in danger of mold damage.